09 August 2014

Society Cleans Town Pound Historic Site


The Town Pound on Pound Road in Farmington.
Members of the Historical Society cleaned up around the Town Pound on Sunday, August 10, at 1:00 PM.  The clean up did not take too long, but the Society hoped that sprucing up the historical site will allow for easier recognition and appreciation of our landmark.  The Town Pound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.  The Pound was sold to the Raab Family  in 1918 after it was no longer in use by the town. The family donated the structure back to the Town of Farmington in 1975.  The Town Pound site is maintained by the Farmington Historical Society.  The Society hopes to continue improvements to the site.

Collage of photos before clear up began.
Collage of photos after the clean up.
Historical Society Members display their hard work.
The pound as it survives today is a substantial structure, whose fieldstone walls are seven-feet high and three-feet wide at the base. Along the top, the walls terminate with long granite capstones. There is a five-and-a-half-foot wide opening on the southeast side (facing Pound Road). Some of the stones have been removed, the lintel has fallen and broken into three pieces, and the wooden gate is no longer extant, but the pound is otherwise similar in appearance to the photograph which appears in the 1904 publication, Souvenir of Farmington, New Hampshire. (The presence of saplings growing on the lot was evident even in 1904.)

Photo of Farmington Town Pound from the 1904 Souvenir Book
The pound occupies a small lot measuring 120 feet by 130 feet in the geographical center of the town. The balance of the parcel supports a young growth of mixed hardwood and conifers.

The pound was built in 1823 by the Town of Farmington to replace an earlier wooden structure that was built in 1802.  It is one of a few well-preserved pounds in southeastern New Hampshire. It remained in use until late in the 19th century.  It was sold to a private owner in 1918. Eventually, it was given back to the town, and is now maintained by our historical society.

Learn More

Farmington Town Pound on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmington_Town_Pound

Strafford County Listing of Historic Places on National Register of Historic Places
http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/nh/Strafford/state.html

Town Pound Registration Form on National Register of Historic Places
http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/93000884.pdf

Souvenir of Farmington New Hampshire 1904 Booklet on Scribd

Town Pound as it appears in satellite photos from Google Earth.  Look for the Farmington Town Pound pin on Google Earth.  http://www.google.com/earth/

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